By: Scott Way
Vanquish Yachts will be moving into a new facility in 2021, thanks in part to a successful 2020 bookended by impressive sales at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October.
Vanquish Yachts founder Tom Steentjes launched the brand in just 2012, and in eight years has forged it into a respected industry outlier by incorporating all-aluminum construction based around his experience as a marine welder. As a sign of their growing popularity, the Vanquish team landed five deals at FLIBS, including three VQ40s, a VQ58, and a VQ68.
The company's brother-brand, Vanquish Superyachts, has also been active in 2020 with two large-scale vessels in progress, including a VQ80 and a VQ115 Veloce. The keel for the VQ80 was laid in a ceremony at the current Vanquish facility in Urk, Netherlands and is expected to launch in 2022. The VQ80 is a standout vessel in its own right with an impressive spec list, including 4800 horsepower, a 5700 litre fuel tank (1505 gal), a range of 330 nautical miles, and a top speed of 51 knots (58 mph). It will also serve as the chase boat to the Project Skyfall superyacht concept.
The new facility will be built in Marknesse, Netherlands and will give the growing brand better access to sea trials while staying in close proximity to the Urk buildings. In their statement, the company stated “(c)overing an impressive surface area of 5,000 square metres (nearly 54,000 square feet), the new yard in Marknesse is found in an exceptionally practical location. There’s a direct connection to the Ketelmeer lake where sea trials can be held and we’ll also have easy access to the IJsselmeer lake and our commissioning facility in Urk. The decision to move was necessitated by the ongoing growth in orders and Vanquish will now have a facility which provides the very latest features that a mature yard requires."
Vanquish will also be increasing their foothold at their North American facilities in 2021, which already includes their US sales office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and a service facility run by two certified engineers in Sag Harbor, NY during the summer boating season from May to October.
For more information on Vanquish Yachts visit their website at vanquish-yachts.com